Jason Vertucio

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Balance Your Checkbook

Balance is a little checkbooking app I made because I like to do things old school, and I also like to keep things simple. It is a Cordova app based on a custom mobile HTML framework I had created in 2013.

It’s available for iOS only, with future plans for Android.

 

Future Updates

You can expect a future version with one or more of the following, based on user suggestions or author testing.

  • An updated layout and refreshed look*
  • Track cleared transactions*
  • Lockout screen with passcode*
  • Touch ID for lockout screen*
  • That lockout screen with passcode being optional*
  • iPad version with split-screen support*
  • Optimization of data for better loading

Do you use the app and would you like to help out? Please fill out this survey! I promise it’s short, and the “tester” opportunity is completely optional. Don’t want to? Don’t fill in your name, or your email!

Note: * denotes a user-suggested improvement

Release notes

1.3.1

Here’s a couple of fun little things I did:

  • I removed a silly dance party reference left in during development and testing.
  • I fixed an issue where transactions were not updating the balance correctly (thanks, Tom).
  • I shortened the transactions screens, so that people who still have an iPhone 5/5s or users of the hot new iPhone SE aren’t desperately stuck. (yes, I got the iPhone SE, and it bothered me more than this app on the iPhone 4 compared to the iPhone 5.)
  • If you use the long-press to clear transactions from the main screen, it now animates instead of vanishes without any feedback.
  • Updated help on that new Backup screen, and gave you a way to view the backups within the app.

1.3.0

  • The app now has a “Backup and Restore” feature to replace the CSV email feature. (bug fix for Laura)

1.2.0

  • Added ability to export CSV (suggested by Chad)
  • Fixed layout issue affecting iOS versions having three numbers in them.

1.1.0

  • Added delete button (suggested by Penny)

1.0.1

  • Fixed issue where Notes could not be added

Contact me

If you have any suggestions or whatever about the app, please let me know.

If you are having problems with the app, please try to indicate the problem, when it happens, what model of phone you have, and the OS version. It will immensely help me in determining and fixing the problem. Thank you.

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16 Comments

  1. Jason says:

    I am working on update that will back up the data on iCloud and also allow for passwords and touch ID.

    • Jason says:

      Full disclosure: version 1.3.0 has a backup that you can collect using iTunes on your computer, not an iCloud backup. 🙁

  2. Laura Weaver says:

    Ah, I see! Very smart of you and I like the concept of emailing it to myself. But no, that screen didn’t pop up for me when I clicked Export to CSV. It just blinked.
    And I do see the form to fill out to contact you (and how it has my device info, which will help you). I did fill it out to begin with, but at the bottom of it, there’s no Submit button for me. That’s why I wrote here.
    Is it because I reached my high speed data limit and it’s slowed for the rest of the month, so all the features aren’t popping up for me in Safari?
    I will try to get back with you when it does renew, should be about the 5th of March.

    PS, when I tried exporting CSV, I did have high speed data.

  3. Laura Weaver says:

    Just want to say I really have enjoyed finding this app. LOVE that it puts entries in chronological order by itself (without me having to edit) and the fact I can enter a $0.00 amount and it will accept/save it (many times I’ve paid nothing for a co-pay but still want a record of having picked up a medication).
    I have a question – If I ever delete this app, will all entries be lost, or will I be able to recover my work? I’ll suggest a way to have an account (attached to my email address) so my work will be saved if it will currently be wiped out upon app deletion from my phone.
    Also, when I click on the app to contact the developer, I get a screen with “Done” in the upper left corner, two ghost arrows in the upper right, and the rest is completely blank.
    Plus, could you please give me a little info on what’s supposed to happen when I click Export CSV (because nothing happens except the screen blinks)?
    Should my phone be connected to my computer to do that, or are there additional apps I need to do that on my phone? Yes, I’m stupid as to what this feature is, I’ll admit that.
    Overall, I love this app because I had a year of receipts to go through & log and it’s made that task 100 times easier!
    Thank you.

    • Jason says:

      Next time you pop onto the page on my website, if you see a form that says “contact me” then please fill that out; I want to understand why the CSV export may not be working for you.

    • Jason says:

      It appears that I have a few things to fix! I’ll address a couple of your issues here:
      1. Exporting to CSV should open up an email screen that allows you to send the file to you over email. This was done because if I were to
      2. create an account/login type system, I believe it would make me responsible for any personal and private data you would provide to me, and I haven’t invested the time to see how I can ensure its safety from prying eyes.

      • Laura Weaver says:

        Ah, I see! Very smart of you and I like the concept of emailing it to myself. But no, that screen didn’t pop up for me when I clicked Export to CSV. It just blinked.
        And I do see the form to fill out to contact you (and how it has my device info, which will help you). I did fill it out to begin with, but at the bottom of it, there’s no Submit button for me. That’s why I wrote here.
        Is it because I reached my high speed data limit and it’s slowed for the rest of the month, so all the features aren’t popping up for me in Safari?
        I will try to get back with you when it does renew, should be about the 5th of March.

        PS, when I tried exporting CSV, I did have high speed data.

  4. Jason Vertucio says:

    It appears that the app has a problem with multi-tasking, in that a “Balance” screen to hide your checkbook stays onscreen if you

    * double-tap the Home button and then stay in the app, or
    * pull down the notification tray
    * pull up the command center

    I’m looking into a fix for that, but for now you can just tap the home button to return to the home screen, and then tap on the app to fix that. I apologize for all inconvenience this causes.

  5. Penny Binker says:

    So far it looks pretty good. But I would like to be able to delete information at my whim. Maybe I haven’t figured it out yet. I like to at times delete out and start over without having to delete an app and reinstall. Plus its so easy to make a mistake, like oh no entered it twice!!! Though I haven’t yet tried changing entries to zero yet. Some will let you, some won’t. But its really a nice app.

    Edit by Jason: This issue has been fixed as of version 1.1.0

    • Jason says:

      What an embarrassing predicament! I’d halted development on that version to look into an issue regarding exporting your Transaction log….. But I had never uploaded it to the App Store!

      Once I upload it to the App Store, Apple will review it and once they deem it OK for release, it will be available to update. That usually takes a week to do. I am so sorry for this inconvenience!

      • Penny Binker says:

        LOL! I do like to go straight to the developer in lieu of firing off bad reviews. I suspected it never made it to the App Store. I shall wait on your review!!!

    • Jason says:

      Do you mean to delete your entire balance history on the device? There currently is no way. If you do not have a lot of transactions, you should be able to go to the “Edit” screen and delete each individual transaction from there. Remember to rate the app four or five stars, whatever you feel is most accurate of the app. Even three.

      • Penny Binker says:

        I have been in view of a transaction. I did not see delete in that particular place. Though I expected to see delete. I shall keep looking.

      • Penny Binker says:

        I do not see an edit screen. I had to add the opening balance as a deposit. Though I did see what appeared to be where I would input the information. Thanks for a quick response.

  6. Chad says:

    The notes portion of the app don’t seem to work. Every time I try typing something nothing shows up.

    Edit by Jason: This issue has been fixed as of version 1.0.1

    • Jason says:

      I recently discovered that, as a matter of fact. And while I have it fixed in my dev environment, I haven’t yet had a chance to update the app in the store.

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